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Nano Lett. 2013 Oct 9;13(10):4795-801. doi: 10.1021/nl402408j. Epub 2013 Sep 18.

Thermoacoustic chips with carbon nanotube thin yarn arrays.

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Department of Physics and Tsinghua-Foxconn Nanotechnology Research Center, Tsinghua University , Beijing 100084, P. R. China.


Aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) films drawn from CNT arrays have shown the potential as thermoacoustic loudspeakers. CNT thermoacoustic chips with robust structures are proposed to promote the applications. The silicon-based chips can play sound and fascinating rhythms by feeding alternating currents and audio signal to the suspending CNT thin yarn arrays across grooves in them. In additional to the thin yarns, experiments further revealed more essential elements of the chips, the groove depth and the interdigital electrodes. The sound pressure depends on the depth of the grooves, and the thermal wavelength can be introduced to define the influence-free depth. The interdigital fingers can effectively reduce the driving voltage, making the chips safe and easy to use. The chips were successfully assembled into earphones and have been working stably for about one year. The thermoacoustic chips can find many applications in consumer electronics and possibly improve the audiovisual experience.

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